Bandha Padmasana

Definition - What does Bandha Padmasana mean?

Bandha padmasana is a challenging and advanced variation of padmasana (lotus pose) that opens the heart, increases vitality and energy, and offers a number of other benefits to the body and mind. The name is derived from the Sanskrit bandha, meaning “binding” or “bound," padma, meaning “lotus,” and asana, meaning “seat” or “posture."

To perform this asana, the practitioner begins in lotus pose. The hands are crossed behind the back to hold the big toes of the opposite feet. In more advanced variations, the body is folded forward.

The English name for this asana is bound lotus pose or closed lotus pose.

Yogapedia explains Bandha Padmasana

In bandha padmasana, the body is bound into a symbol of infinity. In Kundalini yoga, this asana is considered to be the “seat of awareness,” where the self can merge with the spiritual realm and be healed. It is a powerful, restorative posture that develops a state of stillness and bliss.

Bandha padmasana has many other spiritual benefits. It clears the chakras, and its heart-opening stance energizes the anahata (heart) chakra. It also stimulates the nerve center that rests in the manipura (solar plexus) chakra. Stimulating this chakra draws energy into the body, and can help eradicate negative behaviors and patterns. Unlike padmasana, bandha padmasana is not a posture used for meditation.

One way to increase the pranic benefits of bandha padmasana is to draw the lower abdomen back and up as this posture is held, visualizing energy flowing up to the brain to be stored. “Om” or “Rama” can also be chanted mentally during this practice.

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